Below are a few resources and recommendations to help sustain an environment of appreciation and recognition. For more information, please feel free to contact the members of the Appreciation & Recognition committee.

Resource List


How to Recognize and Reward Your Employees


TED Talks about Employee Recognition


  • Love ‘Em or Lose ‘EmGetting Good People to Stay (26 Engagement Strategies for Busy Managers), Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, 2005 
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel H. Pink, 2009
  • The Power of Thanks:  How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work, Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine, 2014
  • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, 1999
  • Diverse Teams at Work: Capitalizing on the Power of Diversity, Lee Gardenswartz and Anita Rowe, 2003
  • Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences, Jane Hyun and Audrey S. Lee, 2014
  • The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg, 2014

Suggestions for Recognition

In addition to monetary and non-monetary rewards, there are many ways to show appreciation to colleagues and staff members, and recognize them for outstanding work and behaviors that contribute meaningfully to a unit, department, or to the College. Here are some. Keep in mind that different people find different types of recognition meaningful. Some may prefer public recognition and some may prefer more private recognition.

  1. Give a colleague/staff member a handwritten thank you-card.
  2. Bring someone their favorite coffee or morning beverage.
  3. Have a department potluck breakfast or lunch.
  4. Establish a “Behind the Scenes” award specifically for those whose actions are not always in the limelight and/or an ABCD award (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty).
  5. Acknowledge individual achievements by including staff members’ names when preparing reports for the division or senior managers.
  6. Send a note to all team members at the conclusion of a project to thank them for their work.
  7. Start staff meetings with recognition of recent tasks that were completed, or achievements by staff members.
  8. Write a letter of praise and send a copy to senior management and to Human Resources for the staff member’s personnel file.
  9. When you receive praise or accolades about colleagues, share this with them.
  10. Nominate someone for a formal award program (e.g., Excellence Award, Spirit of Emerson)
  11. Encourage staff members to attend College events.
  12. Encourage staff members to participate on campus-wide committees.
  13. Designate staff members to attend meetings in your place when you are not available.
  14. Express an interest in employees’ career development goals.
  15. Recognize employees who actively serve the community.